By admin | September 11, 2008
By Richard Allen
It looks as if Joey Logano will make his Sprint Cup debut in this weekend’s Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Speedway. Logano will replace Tony Stewart in the #20 Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009.
This weekend Logano will be driving the #96 car for Hall of Fame Racing.
Hall of Fame races Toyotas and operates as somewhat of a satellite team for JGR. They receive technical and other support from the Gibbs organization so the pairing is a natural fit.
In order to get into this ride for the Sylvania 300 Logano has already used one of the tricks of the trade in NASCAR. He has applied the ‘bump and run’. He bumped Ken Schrader out of the driver’s seat so he could run in this race.
At 18 years of age Logano has proven to be a quick study. He has one win, two poles and nine Top 10s in his brief Nationwide Series career thus far.
What remains to be seen is whether or not he is ready to make the jump all the way up to the Sprint Cup Series on a full time basis at such a young age.
Logano will have to qualify on speed for the New Hampshire race as the #96 team is outside the Top 35 in the owner points standings. If he makes the field we may see what happens if he attempts a real ‘bump and run’. No matter how much hype comes along with him, it is likely he will have to earn the respect of the other drivers just like everyone else.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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